Tell me a little bit about yourself.
My name is Safiyyah and I am an incoming junior at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science. In my free time, I like to read, draw cartoons, play with rubik’s cubes, and watch shows on Netflix (I’m watching The Crown right now!).
How long with been involved with Girls Inc.? What is your favorite thing about Girls Inc.?
I’ve been involved with Girls Inc. for 5 years and I will soon be President of the Ambassador Club (a leadership program designed to prepare the next generation of future leaders with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed). I love the sisterhood that comes with being a part of the Girls Inc. network. I get the chance to mentor some of the younger girls and I get to be mentored by the older girls — we’re all basically a family.
Tell me about the Girls Inc. Girls Action Network and what it’s been like to be involved.
The Girls Inc. Girls Action Network is a group of 10 girls from around the country. It’s a year-long program focused on leadership and advocacy. Being a part of the Girls Inc. Girls Action Network was an amazing experience because I was able to meet and become friends with 9 other awesome Girls Inc. girls from around the country. Girls Inc. is strong nationwide! All of us clicked right away when we finally met in person and it felt like we’d all known each other for much longer than a year.
The Girls Inc. Girls Action Network just met for the first time in Washington D.C. Tell me about your experience and some of the things that you did on this trip.
While we were in D.C., we were each assigned a different issue that we talked to senators about. Mine was gun violence. This trip was an opportunity for me to really learn how to advocate for the things I believe in.